Category: Handguns

Elgin, IL Cops Go All Tactical-Like for Escaped Felon

TTAG reader MS writes:

More of a local story, but a violent felon escaped from the Elgin Mental Health facility. [Click here for the Trib's take.] One guy, in handcuffs. Cue the lockdowns. People are freaking out on social media. Even if he managed to get OUT of said handcuffs, does it really justify the MRAPs and assault gear? Heck, there’s even a photo of an officer with both an M-4 and a shotgun. It’s like he’s girding himself for a zombie attack. Meanwhile, across town, I’m perfectly content hanging out around the yard, knowing that my puny little sub-compact 9 will do just fine, in the highly-unlikely event he comes charging out of the back woods at me. I like the Elgin cops I’ve met, and I know they’re only doing their jobs, but since they deal with armed gang bangers on a daily basis, isn’t this just a bit overkill for 1 unarmed man on the run? [More tacticool pics after the jump] . . .

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Gun Review: Walther PPQ M2 (5″ Slide)

Courtesy Joe Grine

TTAG has a reputation for hard-hitting, no holds barred reviews. That’s why it pains me to tell you that this review is pretty much the same kind of slobbering lovefest that you’d expect from industry glossies. But after spending six months and well over 3,000 rounds running the Walther PPQ M2, Jeremy and I could find precious little to complain about. Even my quibbles amount to nothing more than minor personal preference issues. So without further ado, let me tell you why I think the Walther PPQ M2 is one of the best of the polymer wonder 9s . . .

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New From Rio Grande Custom Grips: Compact/Officer 1911 Grips



Chinese new year doesn’t come around again until February. But if you want to be sure to honor your ancestors in style, you’ll want to get your order in for these red dragon-emblazoned 1911 officer-sized stocks from Rio Grand Custom Grips now. Wait, you don’t observe the lunar new year? Not to worry. Rio Grande makes these in about 90 different styles including leopard skin, smiley faces and Madras plaid. Press release after the jump . . .

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TTAG’s Striker-Fired Pistol Face-Off


GLOCK 19 Gen4 (L), Springfield XD(M) 9mm (C), Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm (R)

By Joe Diener

Typically, the first thing people find out about me is that I’m a gun guy. I don’t wear a stylishly outdated NRA hat, I don’t open-carry rifles in Babies “R” Us, and I don’t post Facebook memes that would get me convicted of premeditated murder in a DGU. I’ve just spent the last few years in the gun industry testing equipment that ends up in the hands of armed professionals and responsible citizens. That responsibility has been a source of pride for me . . .

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Gun Review: Kahr CM9


I don’t generally care for micro pistols. I carry a Commander 1911 or larger, and I have never had the need for something smaller. Maybe it’s a confidence thing, I’m not sure. One thing I am sure of is that the micro compact market has been exploding in recent years. Guns like the Smith & Wesson Shield, and the Springfield XD-S have been flying off of the shelves like Furbys in 1999. Well, the Kahr CM9 made its way into the hands of my girlfriend and I just had to play with something new . . .

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Army Replacing 200k M9 9mm Handguns with . . . ?

A pistol is seen holstered as a U.S. Army soldier from Charlie Company 4th Platoon, 1st Brigade 3-21 Infantry prepares to go on patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province

“The U.S. Army is moving forward to replace the Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol with a more powerful handgun that also meets the needs of the other services,” reports. “As the lead agent for small arms, the Army will hold an industry day July 29 to talk to gun makers about the joint, Modular Handgun System or MHS.” Fn! I mean, fun! This, after…what’s it been now? Five years? “The MHS will be an open-caliber competition that will evaluate larger rounds such as .357 Sig, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.” The rest of the article talks about shot placement, shot placement, and shot placement. And .40 wear and tear. So . . . my money’s on .45 making a comeback. Or a non-Beretta 9mm. By 2020. Depending entirely on the politics behind the scenes, of course. [ht/ JG]

With Apologies to the P238


I never really considered SIG SAUER’s P238 to be a contender in the concealed carry arena. I reviewed the Colt Mustang XSP about a year ago and that experience confirmed my distaste for the general design of the Mustang-style .380 handgun. Then again, I had never really spent much time with SIG’s take on the Colt creation their petite P238. This past week I was up at SIG’s stomping grounds and found myself on a range with a P238 and some ammo, and after getting some trigger time with the gun I realized that it might not be so terrible.

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